Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

On-Campus Course Schedule for Spring 2022

03 Feb 12-1pm ET
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Webinar  

BioTech and Global Health

Following abuses such as World War II Nazi medical experiments on prisoners, and four decades of not treating men of color for syphilis at Tuskegee (1932-1972), in the early 1970’s, a government commission established guidelines for human subject research (Belmont, 1974-1979). This “bedside model” emphasizing autonomous (self-directed) patient consent became a quest for public agreement about procedures of sound clinical decision-making in the face of discrete uses or withholding/withdrawals of technology. These helped decisions about organ donation and neonatal intensive care (exploring rules such as justice, benefice and nonmalficence or “do no harm”). This pursuit energized a new discipline of “Bioethics” for nearly half a century, pioneered by distinguished colleagues at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Center of Bioethics. Such guidelines are now being enhanced by bigger social issues in biotechnology and global health such as the role of social and environmental contexts in enhancing the negative effects of disease interactions (“syndemics” such as diabetes-depression and poverty). These are now under investigation by nationally renowned Georgetown scholars in Global Health (colleague Prof. Mendenhall). In addition, this course explores benefits in patient care and public health that come from information engineering applied to the field of health care (health informatics) that have helped promote a century of improvements in sanitation and wellness (e.g. reproductive, maternal and children’s health) and technological gains in diagnosis and treatment of diseases; sanitation halted typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. Vaccinations stopped smallpox and polio. Prevention and intervention have helped with diabetes, cancers, heart disease, neurogenerative diseases such as depression, HIV/AIDS and Opioid dependencies. Such knowledge reduces premature mortality (years of life lost), disability (YLD), summarized as disability adjusted life years (DALY, According to the World Health Organization, WHO). This course surveys these issues and enables understanding intersections among “Biotechnology” and “Global Health”. Related resources for our course include materials from GU’s School of Nursing, Medical School and Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Note: This course meets either a Natural Sciences Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHS-032-101
  • CRN: 42628
  • Instructor: Buckley, W.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download

BLHV-212-01   NEW!

Communication and Media Ethics

Ethical standards for valuable communications are needed more than ever. Internet ethics is for everyone, as we have become information generators and broadcasters too. Disinformation, propaganda, and ideology are disseminated by the people more effectively than any government. How can the value of free speech be preserved in our “post truth” world, without resorting to censorship? The media ethics of journalism upholds high standards of accuracy and honesty despite social and political pressures. Fake news and faked images are proliferating, requiring digital media ethics. A new global media ethics brings spotlights upon the causes of freedom, security, and justice for all peoples.

Note: This new course meets either a Philosophy or Humanities Core Area requirement OR a Professional Media and Communications concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHV-212-01
  • CRN: 42630
  • Instructor: Shook, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download


Discovery: The History, Politics, and Future of Human Exploration

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating the sciences and the humanities, to explore the history and future of human exploration and discovery. It begins with the most distant story we can tell of early Homo sapiens venturing out of Africa some 60,000 years ago and ends with our reach into space—speculating on the future of human discovery. What are the catalysts for human beings to leave one place for another into the unknown? Often this has come as a response to climate changes, disasters, disease, and/or changes in food sources. In other cases the movement is caused by human conflict, seeking out new wealth and trade, or the development of a new technology that reduces the risks of travel. On some occasions the impetus has been simple human curiosity. In most cases these movements have had lasting effects on human politics and culture. This course takes a global approach—in some cases literally out of this world—to study the causes and effects of these human journeys. It also looks to the future to all that has not yet been explored to answer where we might go next and what impacts this may have. Texts include scientific studies, historical narratives, and primary source documents.

Note: This course meets a Culture or Social Sciences Core Area requirement.

  • Course #: BLHV-402-01
  • CRN: 40267
  • Instructor: Gray, M.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Tue 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download

BLHS-423-101   NEW!

Global Business Strategy

This course will provide a comprehensive and up-to-date presentation of global business strategy from a practical and “real-world” perspective of business competing in the global market. This course will examine how business strategy is developed to compete and win in the global market, the types of strategies that business use, and explore why a particular strategy is used. This course will examine global business strategy in the context of the global challenges and opportunities, and how major emerging markets, such as China and India, drive the development and execution of global business strategy. Importantly this course will explore the management structures, how these structures impact global business strategy, and how technology, and the use of data and data analytics, drive global business strategy decision making.

Note: This course meets either a Writing or Social Sciences Core Area requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective.

  • Course #: BLHS-423-101
  • CRN: 42627
  • Instructor: O'Connor, C.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download


Intro to Business

This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship and the development of an entrepreneurial mindset for business. Using case studies and a student selected ‘unicorn’ startup, students will learn the foundational concepts of the entrepreneurial process (opportunity recognition, solution development, business models, go-to-market strategy) and how to apply these in business environments. In addition, students will consider behavioral economic aspects of entrepreneurship to understand the motivation and challenges entrepreneurs face when building a new business.

Note: This course is required for the Business and Entrepreneurship concentration.

  • Course #: BLHS-225-101
  • CRN: 42625
  • Instructor: O'Connor, C.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download


Intro to Entrepreneurship

This course will examine the phenomenon of innovation in the business setting. How do business leaders get new ideas and implement them? What are the hurdles to innovation and how do successful entrepreneurs overcome them? Through case studies and discussion of the theory of entrepreneurship, students will assess and develop their own abilities to be entrepreneurs.Required course for Entrepreneurship concentration.

Note: This is a required course in the Business and Entrepreneurship concentration.

  • Course #: BLHS-226-101
  • CRN: 40264
  • Instructor: JABARA, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download


Islam: An Introduction

This course offers an overview of one of the world’s largest and most profound religious traditions. The content includes the background, origins, and history and evolution of the Islamic Faith. The focus will include the scriptures of Islam, its doctrines and teachings, rituals, and varieties and structures as they developed from Muhammad’s time down to the ways this faith is practiced today in Islamic nations, and in other countries as well. Careful attention is given to readings from the Qur’an and the Hadith, as well as to controversies and misconceptions regarding Jihad, Shari’a, women and family, and relations with other faiths. No prior knowledge of Islam is presumed.

Note: This course meets either the Culture or Humanities Core Area requirement. This course also meets an elective requirement in the Humanities or International Relations concentration.

  • Course #: BLHV-260-01
  • CRN: 40718
  • Instructor: Jensen, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Wed 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download

BLHS-426-101   NEW!

Organizational Behavior

Effective organizations today demonstrate financial success and a strong understanding of the people within the organization. Likewise, effective project managers have the right skills to manage scope, schedule, and costs; while also bringing the right skills to manage the people within the team. The purpose of this course is to explore the human side of management and support skill development to help you become a better team member, team leader, and organizational leader. Through a blend of psychology, economic, and business materials, the course will provide a base understanding of how organizations, and more importantly the people within them, behave. The course will start with an exploration of how individuals behave within organizations to include self-exploration of how you operate and have operated within your organizations. Next, the course will examine how group dynamics function with an understanding of the role of teams and leadership within organizations, Last, the course will identify how organizational design and culture impact an organization and the organization’s ability to change with the world. The course will blend academic concepts with real-word case studies to create memorable analogies for students. The course will use a blend of readings, lectures, videos, exercises, individual assignments, and class discussion. Assessments will focus on the practical application of concepts for you to examine yourself, your own groups, and your own organizations.

Note: This course meets a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective requirement.

  • Course #: BLHS-426-101
  • CRN: 42629
  • Instructor: McCreesh, P.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download


Principles of Accounting

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of accounting. Students will learn topics including generally accepted accounting principles, financial statements, the recording process, account adjustments, the accounting cycle, accounting for assets, liabilities and equity, and financial analysis. Additionally, topics on data integrity and ethical behavior are explored to address faithful communication of financial information. The course will provide students with a practical understanding of common practices to account for business transactions and the ability to produce a basic set of financial statements that include a balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and a statement of stockholders’ equity. Students will apply the concepts learned to analyze financial data and relationships, from which they will construct its meaning, such as the financial health of a company.

Note: This course is required for the Business and Entrepreneurship concentration.

  • Course #: BLHS-229-101
  • CRN: 42626
  • Instructor: McGrath, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download


Strategy and the Strategic Mindset

This course is an introduction to strategy and the strategic mindset for business. We will learn the basics of strategic management, which provides tools to help a business answer the following two questions: Where should we compete? How should we compete? At the same time, we will focus on the fundamentals of game theory, which provide mathematical tools for analyzing strategic environments so as to determine the best strategies. In addition, students will consider strategy from a philosophical point of view, and investigate the epistemology and ethics of competing in strategic environments.

Note: This course meets a Philosophy Core Area requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration requirement in the new curriculum.

  • Course #: BLHS-422-101
  • CRN: 39360
  • Instructor: Paasch, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Syllabus: Download


The Early Modern World

Note: This course examines the shift from the medieval to the modern, comparing various theories of chronological demarcation and discovering the difficulty of assessing social, political, religious, and literary phenomena. Course focuses on the Reformation, William Shakespeare, and modern science.

  • Course #: BLHS-107-01
  • CRN: 43448
  • Instructor: Jensen, J.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Fri 6:00 PM - 10:05 PM

BLHS-150-01   NEW!

The Moral Craft of Life

Humans have made and created things for their subsistence, their use, their enjoyment, and their fulfillment for millennia. We build the things we need for life and we also create meaning and express value in and through that making and creating. How we think about our skills and creative capacities, and how we cultivate them and to what ends we deploy them, are primary ways in which we consider and shape how we ought to live. Human creativity is, fundamentally, a moral activity, involving choice, expression of earthly (and divine) goods, and pursues what we hold dear as our ultimate concerns. This course explores philosophical and theological visions of craft, labor, and creativity, and their connections to moral and political life, as a way to think about how our laboring, crafting, and creating is a fundamental part of what constitutes the good life.

Note: This Core Area course meets either a Philosophy, Humanities, or Culture requirement.

  • Course #: BLHS-150-01
  • CRN: 42769
  • Instructor: Kessler, M.
  • Dates: Jan 12 – May 14, 2022
  • Class Meetings:
    • Mon 5:20 PM - 7:50 PM
  • Syllabus: Download